BENEFITING: ALL WAYS UP FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Oct 07, 2014
The Janea Carter Bar Preparation Course fundraiser is to help one of our exemplary residents, Janea Carter, pass the bar with flying colors! I am calling on everyone at PK Management to help one of our residents pass the bar when she finishes law school at University of Dayton. As a single mother of 6 children, Janea Carter is defying the odds by going back to school using her own financial resources to get her law degree from the prestigious University of Dayton. Our goal is to raise $3,000 to pay for this necessary bar preparation class and I will personally match all of the funds we raise. Any funds raised above our $3,000 goal will be used to help Janea pay down her student loans after she graduates. Let’s show everyone the PK Way because together we can make a difference –
About Janea Carter
Janea Carter is a single mother of six residing at Kinsey Greene Apartments in Xenia one of PK Management’s affordable housing properties in Xenia, Ohio. Janea comes from a long line of farmers, domestics and day laborers and from an early age she was motivated to succeed and go beyond those who came before her. A first generation college student, she worked diligently to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Central State University in Ohio and for 16 years worked at the Dayton (OH) Daily News.
“I worked in the media for my entire adult life until the industry began to take losses across the board with the advent of electronic media. For years, I dreamed of going to law school; when I got laid off in 2011 I was forced to seek Section 8 assistance and that is when, my family encouraged me to go ahead and apply at University of Dayton Law School (“put up or shut up,” my mother said).”
But Janea had a major obstacle standing in the way. With 2 of her children scheduled to go to college before she would finish law school, pursuing a second career meant going to school as a single mother and adding to that was the financial burden it would put on her household.
“I was able to get a partial academic scholarship to University of Dayton School of Law to cover some tuition with student loans to cover the balance. However, some costs are not subject to scholarship aid or financial aid, such as books ($500-$750 per semester) and a Bar Prep course (ranges from $2,000 to $3,500).” But Janea Carter found a way to make it work because she was determined to succeed.
To get to where she is today, she has had to overcome domestic violence, divorce, foreclosure, bankruptcy, layoff, and the tragic death of one of her children child. “I have been looked at as a “welfare mom” when I am out with my children, with the occasional comments “I can’t believe your children are so well-behaved” from strangers. I have been pulled over because I “fit the description” dozens of times. There were times when our monthly income was less than $800 with a house full of children to feed and shelter.”
Now, 2 semesters away from finishing law school, she has the pleasure of being a college student at the same time as her oldest daughter Johnna (attending University of Kentucky and an All Ways Up scholarship recipient), which she thinks is so very cool (well, not really!). “Coolness level notwithstanding, I am well on my way to getting back into the job market in a field I know I will enjoy.”
After law school, Janea Carter plans to pursue a law career in the public sector, i.e. prosecutor or the Department of Justice.